Trask: Al Davis Wouldn't Have Traded Khalil Mack

Mack is a generational player, former Raiders executive Amy Trask said, and there's no way Al Davis would have traded him

Reiter Than You
September 20, 2018 - 8:50 am

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Khalil Mack is off to an otherworldly start to the 2018 season. He has 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception, and a touchdown in two games for Chicago (1-1).

Jon Gruden elected not pay the former No. 5 overall pick. One must wonder what Al Davis would have done.

CBS Sports Radio asked former Raiders executive Amy Trask for her take on that very question. 

“I want to be careful when I answer this because when I answered it, people jumped immediately and said, ‘Well, you know Al made mistakes, too,’” Trask said on Reiter Than You. “Of course he did. Of course we did. But in this instance, I absolutely positively do not believe that Al would have made this trade. Now, would he have overpaid the player? Probably. Would he have been criticized for overpaying the player? Absolutely. Would he have given a darn about the criticism? Absolutely not. Khalil Mack is a spectacular – people use the word generational player. That’s an overused word, but I think in this instance it really fits.”

The Raiders traded Mack for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a 2020 third-round pick, and a 2019 sixth-round pick. That’s quite a haul, no?

Time will tell.

“One thing people forget about draft picks is the draft is not a science,” Trask said. “There’s no Rosetta Stone. Think of the number of first-round draft picks that have been disappointing, whether it’s Ryan Leaf or Brian Bosworth or Trent Richardson or, oh yeah, JaMarcus Russell. There is something to that adage of bird in the hand versus two in the bush. So I don’t think it was the right thing to do to trade him.”

Some people, though, say that it was. After all, the Raiders are rebuilding, so instead of paying a lot of money to one player, why not rebuild on the cheap?

“Well, you just spent $55 million on aging players,” Trask said. “So I find that all very – let’s use a nice word – interesting.”